Timothy Ciboro talks with 13abc

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TOLEDO (13abc Action News) - A father accused of shackling his teen stepdaughter to a beam in the basement of their home told 13abc in a jail house interview that he loves his kids.

The former Toledo firefighter allegedly forced the 13-year-old girl to use a bucket with ammonia as a bathroom.

Police say the teen found a key to the shackles and escaped.

She ran to Water Street, where two good Samaritans called the police.

Timothy Ciboro told 13abc, "There are a lot of questions. I miss my babies with all my heart. I want them to do right. That's the way they were raised. If they have any questions, all they have to do is open the bible and they will have all the answers.”

Since the arrest of Timothy and his son Esten Ciboro, the three children are now in the custody of Children Services.

Timothy says, "I just pray that they aren’t interrogating all my children like I believe they are interrogating my 13-year old."

He says the teen’s mother left home several years ago. He wants Children Services to place his 9-year old daughter and 10-year old son with his family.

He repeatedly said he loves his kids, and that the kids loved their older brother Esten.

He says they exercised together.

He explains, "They think Esten is the greatest thing ever. We jog a lot, and Esten would be telling them stories. My kids cook and clean. These aren't ordinary kids."

But the 13-year-old, he says, "just didn't want to do things with us. She just didn't. I don't know why, I can't answer that. I love her and I loved her for her. I didn't think anything less."

Ciboro says he fears for his life and his son's in jail. He's also afraid he'll never see his kids again.